Employee Benefits Program

The Power of Large Numbers:
Medical, Vision, Dental Life Insurance and more!

LeadingAge Oregon sponsors a Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangement (MEWA) where facility members have joined together to purchase their Community’s Employee Benefits Plans. This ERISA large group plan, brings you the purchasing power of many employers in a combined “risk pool” lowering your costs for your insurance coverages.

The plan has been serving LeadingAge members since 1996. Check out the carriers and benefits you can purchase for your employees.

  • Medical Insurance – Kaiser Permanente and/or PacificSource Health Plan
  • Vision Insurance – Kaiser or Vision Service Plan (VSP)
  • Dental Insurance – LeadingAge Dental Plans administered by MODA, Kaiser or Willamette Dental Plan
  • Life and AD&D Insurance – Cigna Group Insurance
  • Supplemental Life and AD&D Insurance – Cigna Group Insurance
  • Short & Long Term Disability Insurance – Cigna Group Insurance
  • Voluntary AD&D and Identity Theft Insurance – Cigna Group Insurance
  • Value Added Benefits – Cigna Healthy Rewards, Secure Travel and Will Preparation
  • Voluntary Supplemental Products – Colonial Life 
  • Flexible Spending Accounts and HRA – Administrated by PacificSource Administrators
  • COBRA Services – Administrated by PacificSource Administrators
  • Life Assistance Program – Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) – Providence EAP
  • USI Benefit Resource Center – Employee Advocacy and claims support

The program is overseen by the Employee Benefits Committee (EBC) with assistance from USI, our exclusive Employee Benefits Consultant Partner. The EBC is a “working” group of member Executives and Human Resources Professionals who represent the participating population of the LeadingAge Oregon Benefits Plan.

The goal of Leading Age Oregon is to have equal representation on the EBC based on geography and size of community. To accomplish this, a rotation system for members to serve on the committee has been established.

Role of the EBC:

  • Possesses decision making authority for the LeadingAge Benefits Plan 
  • Defines Benefit Plan objectives & strategies
  • Works with USI to review and determine renewal positions for the group Benefits Plan
  • Establishes and refines eligibility/probationary periods/contributions as required
  • Represents all participating membership of the organization
  • Oversees new LeadingAge membership integration


Peter Verdieck, 
Controller - Concepts in Community Living – Large Group / Portland Metro and Rural Oregon, Washington

Tyler Potter,
Director of Human Resources - Capital Manor - Large Group / Salem, OR

Past Chair of the EBC 2015 and 2016
Teri Terrill, Regional Human Resources Director - Holladay Park Plaza – Large Group / Portland Metro

Lyndell Smith, VP of Human Resources - Pacific Retirement Services – Large Group / Medford, OR

Ruth Gulyas, Executive Director - LeadingAge Oregon – MEWA Sponsor Representative & Small Group / Tigard, OR

Denise (Nisi) Segor, Human Resources – Friendsview Retirement Community – Large Group  / Newberg, OR

Vicki Bahrs, Human Resources - Manor Management (Chaucer Court & Ya-Po-Ah Terrace) – Small Group / Portland Metro Area

Sydney Barrow, Director of Human Resources - Terwilliger Plaza – Large Group / Portland Metro

Matthew McCoy, Executive Director - Homewoods on the Willamette – Small Group / Milwaukie, OR

Catherine Goslin, Regional HR Director - Rogue Valley Manor – Large Group / Medford, OR

Geneva Dougal, HR Director - Cedar Sinai Park – Large Group / Portland Metro

Steve Pfaff, Financial Officer - Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community – Large group / Keizer, OR

Keith Milsark, Executive Director - Parkview Christian Retirement Community – Small Group / Portland Metro




Chase McCarthy,
Vice President, Benefits Consultant

(503) 295-6367

[email protected]

Brysis Boyd,
Assistant VP and Team Lead

(503) 295-6372

[email protected]


If you would like more information about LeadingAge Oregon Employee Benefits program, please contact Chase McCarthy at USI or Merry Killam at [email protected].